State of Washington approves Clean Fuel Standard

by Ryan Huggins

The State of Washington has adopted their Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) Rule and is on track to role out the program in January 2023!

The rule adoption culminates a multi-year process to implement a fuel program that will lead to decarbonization and lower greenhouse gas emissions in the state.  The CFS program is modelled on neighboring California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard and Oregon’s Clean Fuel Program.   Here is what you need to know to make the most of this opportunity.

“The Clean Fuel Standard will spur economic development, and will increase availability and affordability of low carbon fuels.”

Washington Dept of Ecology

Washington Dept of Ecology

Washington Dept of Ecology

Create Revenue from electric equipment and vehicle chargers

The CFS is an opportunity for electric fleet owners and EV charger owners to create revenue from their investments.  Equipment eligible to generate credits under the CFS includes

  • Electric forklifts,
  • EV Chargers: employee car chargers, fleet vehicle chargers, chargers at multifamily residences,
  • Electric Municipal Service Vehicles (Refuse Trucks, School Buses, Transit)
  • Electric yard trucks, gantry cranes, and commercial off-road vehicles
  • and more!

PineSpire is here to help you navigate the process and handle everything for you – from Registration to Revenue.

Start generating credits in the New Year (Jan 2023)

The Department of Ecology has laid out implementation plans for the program infrastructure.  The timeline will allow entities to start generating credits as early as Q1 2023.  PineSpire is ready to sign you up for these credits and inventory your fleet so you don’t miss out.   The CFS will have an ‘initial compliance period’ through the end of 2024, but parties will be able to create, accumulate, and sell credits during this period.  PineSpire is closely watching how the CFS credit market matures and brings strategy and expertise to credit trading, so you know you’ll recieve the most revenue.

Get Started with PineSpire

Our expert team can answer any questions about the program and explain the steps to create revenue.   Have facilities in multiple states? No problem, we can enroll your California, Oregon and Washington operations under one simple agreement and provide 24/7 access to your fleet information through our PS2 Dashboard.  Reach out to us to discuss your fleet, chargers and operations.

PS2, PineSpire and You

by Nancy Brockman

Your PS2 Dashboard Aligns With PineSpire Values

Our values as a company include being fully transparent to our customers in our mission to provide the very best revenue stream possible, the most accurate data and reporting, and presentation of opportunities to grow your program and fleet inventory. The PS2 Platform fits perfectly with our mission and perfectly with our clients’ operations!

FULL TRANSPARENCY WITH PS2
• Know how much you will get paid and when
• Detailed revenue statements in easy to review format
• Share financial data with accounting and finance easily
• Historical data helps to justify decisions on fleet growth
• Track your PineSpire ONTIME payments
• Pinespire has build PS2 to provide useful reports for operating managers throughout the organization.

INVENTORY MANAGEMENT ON PS2
• Your eligible fleet inventory lives on your PS2 Dashboard (sort by location, type, etc)
• The electric fleet inventory creates carbon credit revenue
• Know how your credits are calculated
• Fully exportable data base
• See all inputs on energy usage by your fleet
• 24/7 access to grants and funding oppportunities
• PineSpire generated reminders to review inventory
• And soon, you’ll be able to manage your ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) Fleet on PS2
• With PineSpire’s quarterly notifications and 24/7 access to your inventory, we work with you to make sure your fleet reporting is accurate and there are no program risks.


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Welcome to the PS2 Dashboard

by Nancy Brockman

Your PS2 Dashboard is Your Customized Portal for LCFS/CFP Management

PineSpire’s PS2 Platform may not be as fun as “Play Station”…but it is the most revolutionary way to access, understand, and manage all things LCFS/CFP and EV Fleet efficacy.  PineSpire has always provided our customers with reliable information and payments, and now with the new PS2 Platform, our customers have their own 24/7 access to their information.

Our Revolutionary PS2 Platform Brings Data to Your Customized Dashboard – 24/7

Imagine having 24/7 access to one easy-to-use platform from your desktop (or tablet) to:

• your entire eligible electric fleet inventory

• total energy usage

• average credit price

• carbon credit revenue and reliable payment information

• get updates on grants and funding opportunities

• and full transparency on how PineSpire manages your credit generation

Your customized dashboard will give you the ability to pull custom reports (from executive summary to intricate detail) on data that will provide you with ROI information; help you track inventory; pull financial reports to aid in decisions on fleet management; provide a valuable story for marketing and communications outreach; and more.

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Introducing the Revolutionary PS2 Customer Platform

by pinespire

Access Your Information 24/7 – Full Transparency For The PineSpire Customer

The most significant pain point we have heard from potential customers in the commercial, industrial, and municipal sectors who are looking to participate in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) or Clean Fuels Program (CFP) is that they do not have transparency into their carbon credits. PineSpire has always provided our customers with reliable information and payments, and now with the new PS2 Platform, our customers have their own 24/7 access to their information.

PineSpire was founded to bring a refreshing level of partnership for their Carbon Credits. We took this to the next level with the launch of our PS2 Platform which allows our customers to view their revenue from Carbon Credits, their fleet inventory, and valuable data on a customized dashboard 24/7.

PineSpire’s PS2 Platform unlocks a new level of transparency in Carbon Credits – 24/7 Access from your dashboard

What does this mean for our customers?

Our customers now unlock the ability to view revenue through:

  • Revenue Statements by Quarter or Month
  • Breakout all revenue values by facility and equipment type
  • Drill down to see the value per vehicle
  • Value of their Carbon Credits
  • Cost of their Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) that boost credit generation
  • Access to every piece of how revenue is calculated
PineSpire Online Platform, PS2, Provides Total Transparency for Customer generating Carbon Credits

Transparency brings a refreshing touch to your fleet

PineSpire’s PS2 Platform is just the beginning of how we plan to provide our customers with new data and transparency for their fleet.  No need to question how much money is my fleet making? How do we know what percentage we are getting? How has my fleet performed long-term?

Instead, you will now be asking us how your company can leverage other PineSpire offerings like Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) or Electrification Planning!

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California’s Zero Emission Forklift Rule Updates

by Nancy Brockman

The Zero Emission Forklift Rule is currently in development, with CARB approval expected in 2023. This rule is phasing out the use of propane forklifts in California and requiring the use of Zero Emission engines (such as electric or hydrogen) instead. PineSpire is following the rulemaking closely and keeping our partners up-to-date on the latest changes. In July, CARB released the latest draft Rule. We’ve summarized major updates for you below.

PineSpire offers our Customers a fleet-specific review of the impacts of the proposed Zero Emission Forklift Rule.

Changes to Propane Lift Phase-Out Schedule

There are 3 major changes to how the phase-out of propane combustion forklifts is proposed:

  • Phase Out Requirements will begin Jan 1st, 2026 and are based on the forklift model year.
  • The Phase-out timeline is now different for Class IV (cushion tire) forklifts than Class V (pneumatic tire) forklifts. Class IV cushion tire forklifts are typically used indoors only, whereas Class V pneumatic lifts are capable of outdoor operations.
  • There is a maximum percent of fleet required to be turned over each year. This change helps spread out the cost to fleet owners over more years. This revised timeline and fleet cap is shown in the table below.
Phase Out of Propane Forklifts with Model Year and Fleet Caps.

Rentals, Reporting, Exemption Updates

CARB has changed direction on addressing rental forklifts in the Zero Emission Forklift rule, and is now proposing that all rental fleets must meet the phase-out requirements (with no percent of fleet cap). This puts the burden on rental fleet owners rather than the originally proposed fleet operator requirements. Expect this to have a significant effect on forklift rentals in California.

The updated draft Rule also has further clarifications on exemptions, such as for low-use forklifts (operated <200 hrs per year), rough-terrain forklifts, and forklifts greater than 12,000 lbs capacity.

The reporting and compliance with the rule will be done in the DOORS system. The draft Rule simplifies many of the fleet operators reporting requirements.

Give CARB Feedback

CARB is holding meetings with stakeholders that want to provide comment, or you can submit them via email. The next public meeting on the proposed rule is expected late this summer. If you want to make your voice heard, you can reach out to CARB directly at zeforklifts@arb.ca.gov. Or reach out to PineSpire about collaborating on the issues.

The Upside of Electric

When evaluating your fleets compliance and the return on investment by switching to electric fleets, there are a lot of upsides. Instead of buying propane, LCFS credits give you revenue every time you fuel your e-forklift. There are upsides in O&M and safety as well. Reach out if you’d like an evaluation of your potential LCFS revenue and fuel savings: contact@PineSpire.com

CARB Proposes Updates to the LCFS Regulation

by Nancy Brockman

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently held a workshop for stakeholders in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard program. The presentation included the much-anticipated proposed updates to the Carbon Intensity standards in the program as well as a few new concepts. PineSpire has summarized two key proposed changes for you below.

1. Increasing the Demand for LCFS Credits by tightening the Carbon-Intensity Standard.

The Carbon Intensity Standard (i.e. how much Carbon is permitted in transportation fuels) is the key factor in the amount of deficits oil and gas companies have, and the amount of credits generated by low/no carbon fuel sources. Currently, the LCFS program is set at a 20% reduction target by 2030; based on the fact the LCFS program is already exceeding current reduction goals, CARB proposed to increase this target to 25% or 30% by 2030. The higher targets would help ensure that the supply side of LCFS credits does not outstrip the deficit-holder’s demand for credits and keep the marketplace in balance.

2. Potentially introduce Phase-Out of Vehicle Types, such as e-forklifts.

CARB also introduced the concept of ‘phase-out’ for discussion in the workshop. The stated intent is that low carbon-fueled vehicles that are widely adopted would phase out of eligibility in the LCFS program. While CARB’s intent is to focus LCFS values on more emergent vehicle types, this proposal is problematic and inconsistent with overall CARB goals. Most importantly, this proposal is at odds with the goals of CARB’s own proposed Zero-Emission Forklift regulation. Additionally it sends the wrong market signal to other low-carbon vehicle and fuel technology developers. The proposed phase-out in conjunction with the Zero Emission and Advanced Clean Fleet rules would essentially remove the carrot and only leave the stick.


Where do the proposed changes to the LCFS Program go from here?

We are in the middle of a multi-year process for California to update its overall Green House Gas reduction goals and the LCFS goals specifically. At this time, CARB is focusing on workshops, public comment, and feedback to refine its proposals before drafting changes to the regulation.

LCFS Rulemaking Timeline
CARB’s graphic showing the LCFS Rulemaking Timeline and the California Scoping Plan timeline

PineSpire is actively participating in all of CARB’s processes on behalf of our customers. If you would like to submit comments directly to CARB, you can do so here. You can also reach out to PineSpire to learn more and join voices in influencing the future of the LCFS program!

Dragonberry Produce: Sustainability is Smart

by Ryan Huggins

At Dragonberry Produce, everything is done with intention and purpose. As President, Amy Nguyen brings her passion to all aspects of the business and facilities, guided by the principle that each element should “Be Beautiful, Intelligently Designed, and Meaningful”. That attention to detail and focus on quality has driven Dragonberry’s success as a leading produce company specializing in unique fruits.

Dragonfruit, one of the unique fruits packaged at Dragonberry's sustainable facility
Dragonfruit

Partnering with PineSpire in the Clean Fuels Program (CFP) in Oregon has allowed Dragonberry to create revenue from operating electric material handling equipment and will increase with new EV chargers and e-TRU chargers. This program aligns with their guiding principles on sustainability:

“Sustainability is Smart”

Amy Nguyen, President, Dragonberry Produce

Located in Canby, Oregon, Dragonberry’s facility was the first LEED-Certified building for produce distribution in Oregon! The Dragonberry facilities incorporate all of the following elements:

  • Zen Garden Landscaping to provide a beautiful space for all employees and the community to enjoy while also conserving water and fostering native plant species
  • Meticulously designed Air Quality throughout all working spaces to ensure employees in offices and on the floor benefit from natural light and clean air. This also optimizes lighting efficiency and reduce operating costs.
  • Using an Electric Fleet of lift trucks, moving to electric Transport Refrigeration Units and providing EV Charging for employees. This reduces operating costs, dramatically cuts fuel costs, and adds a benefit for employees looking to fuel their own EVs.
Zen Garden at Dragonberry's Facility in Canby.
Zen Garden at Dragonberry’s Facility in Canby

The smart investments are contributing to Dragonberry’s growth: a second facility will be done in 2022 and a third in following years. This expansion will house Dragonberry’s sweet nut production line and will use the same principles of creating a happy and healthy work environment.

Expansion of Dragonberry's Produce Distribution Center
Expansion of Dragonberry’s Produce Distribution Center

To get a taste of the beautiful premium specialty fruit designed by Dragonberry, join the Dragonberry Fruit Club, a boutique fruit delivery services delivering high quality, unique fruit to the finest fruit connisseur.

PineSpire is pleased to have this opportunity to feature Dragonberry Produce as our June Customer of the month. To learn more about how your company can benefit from smart planning and participating in the Clean Fuels Program like Dragonberry has, contact PineSpire: Contact@PineSpire.com

Funding for EV Chargers: eVIP

by Ryan Huggins

California’s e-Voucher Incentive Program (eVIP) still has funds available for Level 2 chargers! With today’s gas prices, there has never been a better time to go Electric. If you are installing an EV charger for commercial or public use, this simple program available to reduce your costs.

e-VIP funds 75% of Project Costs or up to $3,500 per EV Charger

www.calevip.org

Project Costs eligible for funding include:

  • Hardware (i.e. the Charger Equipment)
  • Installation (such as electrician services)
  • Permitting from your local government agency

Funds are allocated on a first-come-first served basis and are still available in the following Counties for Level 2 chargers. Funding for DC Fast Chargers is expected to re-open state-wide in 2023.

Counties with funding available as of June 2022: Alameda, Butte, El Dorado, Fresno, Humboldt, Humboldt, Kern, Kings, Merced, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Benito , San Joaquin, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Tulare, Ventura, and Yolo.

Reach out to PineSpire if you’d like assistance in pursuing funding or understanding how EV charging can add to your bottom line. Contact@PineSpire.com

Quady Winery: PineSpire’s Customer of the Month

by Ryan Huggins

The San Joaquin Valley, known for its rich agriculture, is the home of the interationally renowned Quady Winery, a gem that keeps you coming back for more. Quady specializes in sweet wines and have mastered the use of rare muscat grape varieties since 1975. In addition to making great wine, Quady has made sustainable practices an integrated part of their operations. Enrolling with PineSpire to create LCFS credits has boosted their sustainable operations, and revenue, even further.

“The decision to enroll in LCFS program was common sense.”

Allie Quady, Safety and Sustainability Officer at Quady Winery

Currently, Quady has 5 electric forklifts and is looking to acquire more. The revenue coming from LCFS Credits contributes to the budget for new electric forklifts and infrastructure. Another added benefit of electric forklifts: Operators prefer them to propane!

Electric Forklift being used to handle Quady Wines with no emissions
Forklift Operators report preferring Electric Lift Trucks to propane. And with no emissions, the wine does too.

In addition to electrifying their material-handling equipment, Quady Winery has made strides in sustainable operations that are also improving their bottom line:

  • Going solar! Over 80% of Quady’s energy usage is met by on-site solar generation
  • Finding ways to reduce water use while capturing more nutrients, including a planned microbe-driven filtration and recycling system
  • Sourcing lighter weight, more sustainable glass bottles and integrating sustainability into packaging and purchasing decisions. All steps we at PineSpire appreciate as wine consumers.
  • Pursuing a Certified Sustainable status for the entire winery (beyond their already certified sustainable grapes) and achieving carbon neutrality
Solar Array powering Quady Wines Operations
Solar at Quady Winery lowers operating costs while boosting sustainability.

Choosing to invest in forward-thinking, sustainable operational upgrades is a no-brainer. The hard part is deciding which of these wines to have first! Electra? Vya? Starboard? You can sign up for the Wine Club to here to enjoy them all.

Quady Muscat wines are produced with care, quality, and sustainability in mind
Quady Muscat wines are produced with care, quality, and sustainability in mind.

April Client of the Month: Ramar Foods

by pinespire

Ramar Foods began as a small, family-owned company who wanted to share their delicious recipes from the Philippines with North America. With more than 50 years of success, Ramar has expanded into the European, Middle Eastern and Australian markets and has plans to go beyond. PineSpire is thrilled to highlight the vibrant business as our Customer of the Month.

While Ramar is all about delicious food and doing it well, they are also passionate about sustainability. Currently, the following investments lower their carbon footprint while making smart financial sense:

  • Investing in Electric Equipment for Operations
  • Electric Car Chargers for Employees
  • Solar PV system generating energy on all available rooftops
  • On-site fuel cell generator

With core values of excellence, innovation, community, and nourishing culture, it comes as no surprise that Ramar is participating in the LCFS program. Ramar has hybrid truck refrigeration units, EV car chargers, and a range of electric lift trucks all generating carbon credit revenue.

Some of the additional benefits they are reaping thought being involved are:

  • Air quality improvements for employees who are not exposed to idling vehicles or exhaust
  • Providing charging for staff vehicles as a great employee ‘perk’
  • Reducing Green House Gas Emissions from their operations by 175 MT of Carbon per year, compared to using conventional fueled equipment
  • Fuel cost predictability: On-site Solar energy generation helps stabilize energy cost, including the cost of forklift charging
Hybrid Electric Truck RefrigerationUnits
Hybrid Electric Truck Refrigeration Units ready to deliver delicious ice cream and frozen foods, without the carbon emissions

The company that started in 1969 with 3 employees and now has over 300! They are also expanding facilities to keep up with growing demand for their food. Headquartered in Pittsburg, California, Ramar produces everything from staple Filipino foods to our personal favorite ice cream flavor “Mais y Queso” (Corn and Cheese)! We highly recommend visiting their website to find out where and how to purchase their products.

Fan Favorite Flavor: Mais y Queso Ice Cream!
Fan Favorite Flavor: Mais y Queso Ice Cream! A Filipino classic.